First Google competed with Amazon Alexa devices (specifically the Echo) by creating Google Home. Now Apple wants to jump into the ring with its HomePod. Even the name seems like a Google copy.
It’s very easy to compare Apple’s HomePod to an Amazon Echo. They are both speaker-based, always listening for the wake-word, virtual assistants. However, Apple’s HomePod is going to cost $350! For that kind of money you could buy a 6-pack of Echo Dots and still have some cash left over. Or you could buy a pair of Echos.
Apple is positioning the HomePod as a premium speaker. I’m not an audiophile, so I’ll have to take their word that it is great. Personally the Echo is good enough for me. If I wanted to, I could buy an Echo Dot and hook-up whatever speaker solution I wanted.
The big difference here is that Apple’s HomePod is going to with other Apple products. I’m not in the Apple ecosystem, but many, many people are maybe it’s worth paying a lot of money for the same kind of access to Siri and Apple Music? We’ll have to see how it sells.